DiOnetta Jones Crayton Receives Inclusive Culture and Equity Award

Published in MIT News on June 23, 2017 by Elizabeth Durant, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

Award recognizes efforts to “promote positive change to the climate and culture for women in engineering fields.”

Joyce Yen and DiOnetta Jones CraytonAssociate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Office of Minority Education DiOnetta Jones Crayton has received a prestigious award from the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN). The award was presented on June 13 at the WEPAN 2017 Change Leader Forum in Colorado.

Founded in 1990, WEPAN is comprised of individuals from nearly 200 academic, corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations working to advance women in engineering in higher education and the workplace.

The Inclusive Culture and Equity Award honors individuals or groups that have been a “catalyst for change” at their institutions by creating and implementing inclusive initiatives, policies, or practices that enhance the culture and climate for women in engineering. Nominations are sought from many sources, including WEPAN members, university presidents, and leaders at organizations such as the American Society for Engineering Education.

Nominators describe Crayton as a “change agent” and a “tireless champion for diversity and inclusion for all in engineering, particularly for women and students of color.” One wrote, “She has deep knowledge of and insights into what interventions and programs would enhance the experiences of undergraduate engineering and other STEM students from groups that are underrepresented in these fields. I value her thoughtful contributions to discussions and the way she stands up for what she believes to be right and true...”

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